Rome remembers 1943 deportation of Jews

74th anniversary of deportation of Rome’s Jews.

Rome's Jewish community is commemorating the the 74th anniversary of the deportation of more than 1,000 of the city’s Jews to the Nazi extermination camp at Auschwitz.

The raid occurred at dawn on 16 October 1943, when 1,023 Roman Jews, including 200 children, were rounded up in the city’s Ghetto district and taken across the Tiber to the Collegio Militare on Via della Lungara.

Two days later they were sent to Auschwitz on a sealed train from Tiburtina station. Only 16 of them were to return to Rome: 15 men and a woman, Settimia Spizzichino, who died in the Garbatella neighbourhood in 2000. The white steel bridge connecting the Ostiense and Garbatella districts was named in Spizzichino's honour when it opened in 2012.

Of the 16 Auschwitz survivors to return to Rome, the last one alive is 91-year-old Lello Di Segni.

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